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Court confirms judgement against Moscow gay parade ban

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have confirmed an earlier judgment concerning the repeated and unjustified ban on gay-rights marches in Moscow.

The five-judge panel met on 11 April 2011 and rejected the referral request relating to the case of Alekseyev v. Russia (application nos 4916/07, 25924/08 and 14599/09) submitted by the Russian Government.

The Court’s Chamber judgment of 21 October 2010 is now final (Article 44 of the European Convention on Human Rights).

The case concerned a repeated rejection by the Moscow authorities of the requests of a Russian gay-rights activist to organise gay-pride parades.

In its Chamber judgment in this case of 21 October 2010, the Court held that there had been a violation of Articles 11 (freedom of assembly and association), 13 (right to an effective remedy) and 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

It found that the bans imposed on the holding of gay-rights marches and pickets had not been justified in accordance with the convention, that Alekseyev had not been able to effectively complain about that in Russia and that the main reason for the bans had been the dislike by authorities of demonstrations, which they believed, promoted homosexuality.

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